Friday 28 January 2022

Introduce Yourselves: RITUAL EARTH

What is the name of your band?

Ritual Earth

What is the genre of music that you play?

We play a style of heavy, trippy, psych doom.

Can you give a brief history of the band of how it came together and where it is today?

Steve, Chris Turek, and Chris Scott were in a band together previously, ChimpGrinder, which had started to dissolve around the fall of 2018. Although we had stopped looking for shows and weren’t really playing with our singer any more, we were still playing together, even trying some really bad ideas like switching instruments to spark some new ideas. I can’t say I know what we were thinking there, but at some point we started playing the right instruments and things clicked again instantly. We started recording some ideas again and decided it was time to find a singer.  A mutual friend suggested I reach out to George, as his last band Seagrave had also broken up. 

ChimpGrinder and Seagrave had played together before so we already knew George had a great voice and we brought him onboard immediately. It was a really easy start for a brand new project for all of us. We had a foundation for George to jump right into with the demos we’d recorded, but there was a lot of room to breathe, to find a new space. We didn’t want George to just be a new singer for the old band, we wanted to start over, make it about what these four people can do. That's also why we came up with the name Ritual Earth, to give it a completely fresh start. Steve and Chris also changed tuning, I guess just another way to move away from what was and embrace what Ritual Earth could be.

What can people expect from your music?

Trippy heavy psych doom that takes several twists and turns throughout our live set as well as our record. There are many influences that the band tapped into when these songs were being written, everything from Sabbath and Kyuss to My Bloody Valentine and even some Pink Floyd. But the important things that remain consistent throughout, is that it’s heavy, dark, and melodic. With our record, we really concentrated on song placement and the dynamics of each track going into each other as we really wanted this record to be enjoyed as a whole, a journey in which we invite the listener to be a part of. We also took some extra time when mixing to allow for the experience to also be enjoyed on headphones.

What is the best release that folks should check out from your band?

We only have one release out right now called MMXX, the vinyl is coming out on Iodine Recordings on March 18th, 2022 which is also when the record will pop back up on all streaming platforms. Right now you can listen to our demo at our bandcamp page as well as the two singles for the record “Distress Signal” and “Free From My Vessel” which are also on streaming.

Where can people find you on Social Media?

All of our social media and music links can be found via our linktree page here:

Can you provide info about your upcoming release, “MMXX”.

MMXX Is our debut full length, which was originally self released in Fall of 2020 right in the middle of the first wave of COVID 19. We have since partnered with Iodine Recordings for the vinyl and proper re-release, the vinyl street date is March 18th, 2020. Below are some links you should check out for more information.

Ritual Earth’s epic debut album “MMXX” delivers monolithic riffs in a vast soundscape with pounding heavy grooves. Emerging from the darkness of a collapsing nebula, MMXX reverberates the electronic radiation of all things Doom, Space, and Psychedelia. Heavy, Slow, Atmospheric and Dark. Seven charged, dystopian transmissions set to the pulse of the dying universe to come